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Kent, 1797
Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 74
Launched : 1797 ; Disposal date or year : 1881

2 Jun 1799 Admiral Lord Duncan arrived at Yarmouth to take the command of tlie North Sea fleet, and on the 4th hoisted his flag on board the Kent, Captain Hope.

4 Jul 1799 off the Texel.

Aug-Oct 1799 employed on expedition to Holland.

28 Aug 1799 Kent, at anchor off the Texel

3 Sep 1799 Yarmouth This afternoon his Majesty's ship Kent, Admiral Lord Duncan, and the Russian Admiral, came to an anchor in our roads. The beach was lined with spectators to congratulate the Noble Admiral on his landing ; but his Lordship being confined by illness, the spectators were prevented from testifying their loyalty as they wished,

27 May 1800 Portsmouth, arrived from the Downs.

11 Jun 1800 Plymouth, departed with the Dragon, 74, for the Straits, with a supply of naval and military stores.

6 Sep 1800 taken on the Mediterranean station the American Brig Union, laden with Sugar, Tallow, &c. from New York bound to Cadiz.

26 Sep 1800 taken on the Mediterranean station the Swedish Ship Christiana Juliana, laden with Deal, from Staten bound to Seville and Malaga.

31 Jan 1801 anchored Marmorice on the coast of Karamania. 2 Mar 1801 arrived in Aboukir bay. 7 Mar 1801 commenced opposed landing of troops, seamen, artillery and stores.

21 Mar 1801 of those employed on shore were killed and wounded in action in Aboukir Bay 1 seaman killed, and 3 seaman wounded.

7 Apr 1801 a letter from the Swiftsure off Alexandria commences : "We have, in our endeavours to keep off the shore, been obliged to carry sail to such a degree as nearly to tear our ships to pieces ; and we received further proof of the impossibility of forming an effectual blockade of any port, even in this fine country. On the night of our return from the offing we spoke the Pearl frigate, bringing us advice of the sailing of a French squadron of 7 sail of the line, a frigate, 2 sloops, and 2 store ships, for this place, having 7,000 troops, and 3 generals on board. Lord Keith has been busy preparing the Stately for the line, and our force now consists of the Foudroyant, 84 ; Tigre, 80 ; Ajax, Northumberland, Swiftsure, Kent, and Minotaur, 74 ; Stately, 64, and several small vessels.

9 May 1801 chased the French corvette Héliopolis off Alexandria, but she escaped into the harbour.

29 Jun 1801 cruising off Alexandria, per UK newspapers of this date, reporting news received from off Egypt.

21 Aug 1801 in the afternoon R.-Adm. ordered the Cynthia, Port Mahon, Victorieuse, and Bon Citoyenne, with three Turkish corvettes to proceed into the harbour under the direction of the Hon. Captain Cochrane, of the Ajax, a channel having been previously surveyed by Lieutenant Withers, of the Kent. The troops and seamen on board sloops, gun boats, and other armed vessels, reinforced by the Diane, approached the town, along with troops advancing from the East and West and on the 26th the French, despite having sunk many vessels in the harbour, realised they were now unable to defend their lines and sent out proposals for an armistice of three days to arrange terms of capitulation.

23 Sep 1802 departed Malta for Sardinia.

4 Sep 1802 arrived Oristagni Bay, Island of Sardinia.

22 Oct 1802 remains Oristagni Bay, Sardinia, the fleet under the orders of Sir R. Bickerton, comprising the Kent, and Hector, 74 guns ; Agincourt, and Monmouth, of 64 ; Greyhound, 32 ; Weasel, brig ; and Thomas, which takes this letter. The reason for being here, 8 miles off shore, remains a secret, and even when going ashore the nearest habitation is reported to be 5 miles off. Whilst the lack of information regarding the ships' programmes is irksome, the ship's companies' are healthy.

29 Dec 1802 departed Oristagni Bay, destination unknown.

3 Mar 1803 the following vessels remained at Valetta when the Hector departed Malta, for England : the Kent, Superb, Triumph, Donegal, Gibraltar, Agincourt, Charon, Expedition, Experiment, Active, Phoebe, Niger, Victorieuse, and Resistance, the Regulus, and Raven, having departed Malta for Egypt, and the Blonde to Naples, the crew of the Raven having been reported to be sick. The Tourterelle, Pandour, were lying at Alexandria ; and the Braakel, guard ship, at Smyrna ; the Anson having departed Malta for Egypt at the latter end of November.

May 1803 in the Mediterranean on the outbreak of war.

8 Jul 1803 with the blockading fleet off Toulon.

9 Jul 1803 a letter as dated from the Superb reports being 2 miles from Toulon, and that they've been cruising off the port for 2 months ; and that the squadron consists of the following vessels : Kent, Donegal, Superb, Triumph, Monmouth, Gibraltar, Agincourt, Belleisle, Renown ; and the frigates Medusa, and Amphion ; with the Termagent sloop ; and Weasel brig.

C 15 Aug 1803 Capt J Stuart apptd to the Kent.

The Hampshire Telegraph of the 10 Oct 1803, reports receipt of a letter from the Victory, off Toulon, dated 1 Sep., brought to England by the frigate Experiment, just arrived at Spithead, stating that the Victory has been cruising there for 5 weeks ; the squadron consists of 6 sail of the line, including also the Kent, Canopus, Superb, Triumph and Renown ; the French squadron remains the same, apart from a frigate and a brig which got into Toulon, from Marseilles, when heavy gales blew the blockading squadron off the coast.

24 Oct 1803, departed for the Magdalena islands for water etc., returned Toulon 23 Nov.

Late 1803, Of the weak and ill-provided state of several of his ships, Lord Nelson, in his letters to the admiralty, complained very bitterly, and, as it appears, not without reason. " . . . . . . . . "The Kent is gone to Malta, fit only for a summer passage. . . . . . "

Circa 6 Jan 1804 took on board the ship's company of the sloop Raven, lost on the SW cost of Sicily.

Circa 7 May 1804 arrived Naples, for guardship duties, relieving the Gibraltar who had spent 8 months off Naples.

Circa Aug 1804 had departed the British fleet off Toulon.

3 Oct 1804 arrived Spithead, the Kent, Capt Malcolm, from the Mediterranean, and is put under quarantine at the Motherbank. She is reported to have brought home more than a million dollars for the merchants.

8 Oct 1804 released from quarantine and made a signal for a convoy to the Eastward.

12 Oct 1804 departed Spithead with a convoy for the Downs, and from thence to Chatham to be paid off and refit, her ship's company being distributed amongst other ships.

14 Oct 1804 arrived in the Downs with her convoy, which departed for the River.

14 Oct 1804 departed the Downs for Sheerness.

15 Feb 1805 prize money for the Ifefiord and the John may be paid at the Agent's Bartlet's buildings to those entitled from the Swiftsure, Dragon, and Kent.

May 1805 Chatham, to repair ; in Ordinary

1805 fitted with the system of diagonal timbering by Sir Robert Seppings.

21 Feb 1808 joined in Palermo bay by R.-adm. Strachan's squadron.

2 Mar 1808 joined Lord Collingwood's squadron off the island of Maritimo. 6 Mar received news that the French fleet had been at sea for a month and departed in search, which continued for a week or two after the French fleet had returned to Toulon on 10 Apr. Leaving Vice-admiral Thornborough with a sufficient force to blockade Toulon, Lord Collingwood departed for Gibraltar and Cadiz, to contribute his aid to the cause of the Spanish patriots.

1 Aug 1808 the ships' boats, assisted by the Wizard, captured a number of vessels from a convoy abreast of the town of Noli.

13 Dec 1810 ships' boats of a squadron detached to capture or destroy an enemy convoy in the mole of Palamos, covered by the Sparrowhawk and Minstrel.

24 June 1811 Reported to be off Toulon.

18 Jul 1811 off Toulon.

Port Mahon 18 Aug 1811 Remains making repairs following being hit by lightning

28 May 1812 Repulse, Centaur, Malta, and Kent, a part of the in-shore squadron off Toulon.

18 Aug 1812 With the Fleet off Toulon.

24 Dec 1812 arrived Plymouth from the Mediterranean with a convoy, and put under quarantine.

11 Jan 1813 remains at Plymouth .

1 Jul 1817 hauled up the slip at Plymouth at 5.40 a.m., under the supervision of Mr. Sullivan, the Master Rigger, in 41 minutes, with 1400 men and 14 capstans : whilst frigates had been hauled up slips in recent years this was the largest vessel to be hauled up a slip to date. See p. 22 of the Naval Chronicle for 1817, Vol 38, for more detail.

1 Jan 1820 repairing with a circular stern.

5 Aug 1829 in Hamoaze.

9 Feb 1830 in Hamoaze.

Plymouth 2 May 1830 Will bear Flag Officers flag on the ceremonial occasions, in place of the Caledonia.

26 Feb 1831 under sailing orders, awaiting the arrival of 24 Spanish crewmen of the slave ship Veloz Pasagera, detained by the Primrose, following an action on 7 Sep 1830 with the Veloz, during which 3 British seamen died and 10 were wounded. It is hoped to take the Spanish seamen to Gibraltar where they will be handed over to the Spanish authorities at Algerziras to be dealt with under Spanish law.

21 Feb 1831 went out of Plymouth harbour, into the Sound, Capt. S. Pym, in command.

18 Mar 1831 departed Plymouth with the Ganges for the Mediterranean.

31 Mar 1831 arrived at Gibraltar from Plymouth, and departed 4 Apr for Malta.

2 May 1831 departed Malta on a cruise.

14 May 1831 departed Gibraltar on a cruise.

16 Nov 1931 arrived Portsmouth, from Malta.

26 Nov 1931 departed Portsmouth, for Plymouth.

27 Nov 1831 arrived Plymouth from Portsmouth.

13 Dec 1831 was paid off into ordinary at Plymouth.

11 Feb 1832 the Hampshire Advertiser announces that Mr. Wm. Triplett, Boatswain of the Kent, has been superannuated.

2 Jan 1836 it is rumoured at Plymouth that she is to be prepared for sea service....[perhaps a bit of saber rattling] ?

Jan 1848 Devonport, in Ordinary (reserve)

20 Dec 1848 Devonport.

1860 Sheer hulk, Devonport

1870 Sheer hulk, Devonport

1879 Sheer hulk, Devonport